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Old 11-09-2020, 12:00 AM   #21
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Nothing at all wrong with keeping your car... Sometimes I wish I'd kept my first 06 Atlas Gray Cayman S (saw it listed in Jalopnik comments one day as a steal!).

Do the suspension if you can. Those bolts could be hard. Don't springs have to be compressed and what not? I just don't see the point of top shelf parts in one area of the car. Just something to freshen it up. How much are Ohlins? They are big $$ for motorcycles.
$3K for parts for the Ohlins. The Cayman R stock pieces are $2600. Plus whatever labor would be at a shop.

PSS9 Bilsteins are $2K for parts.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:56 AM   #22
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My suggestion would be that you should come to the garage of doom when the weather is nice (so we can leave the door open) and where the tools are plentiful.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:24 AM   #23
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My suggestion would be that you should come to the garage of doom when the weather is nice (so we can leave the door open) and where the tools are plentiful.
An offer well worth pursing.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:43 AM   #24
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Having never seen the garage, I'd like to come down and heckle, assuming there's an invite there (no worries if not due to COVID or whatever).

I wouldn't mind putting eyeballs on the Ohlins stuff too, as I'll have to go through the suspension on mine sooner than later.
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This is an excellent offer and a great idea, and I will def take Nick (and JV) up on it!
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:06 AM   #26
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That's your solution right there. It's six nuts, but when one is stuck beyond an amateur's ability or some other practical problem arises with reach that somehow doesn't plague the DIY videos, that's when the *semi-pros*, the space and the tooling will save you.

[I've been battling a few, seemingly trivial, motorcycle projects... Well, everything is trivial if you've done it before. Also working outside and without a second set of eyes/ideas is no fun... So yeah, some haven't gone too well, but not posting stuff on 2-wheelers on this car forum)
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So I haven't watched any videos nor have I dug into what is required to do a suspension swap. But I did the 80,000 mile service on my car the other day (plugs / drive belt / oil change / filters / inspection) and it looks pretty similar to my 986 under there. I recall from my 986 days that swapping out the rear struts required the axles and a few of the rear suspension links to be disconnected.

I don't suspect it'll be a problem, Nick likely has all the required tools. But on my 986 there was a specific type of tapered-fastener removal tool (a.k.a a ball joint splitter) required to get those links off without damaging them.

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I have one, so if you need it let me know.
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:49 AM   #28
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Having never seen the garage, I'd like to come down and heckle, assuming there's an invite there (no worries if not due to COVID or whatever).

I wouldn't mind putting eyeballs on the Ohlins stuff too, as I'll have to go through the suspension on mine sooner than later.
You are absolutely invited.
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So I haven't watched any videos nor have I dug into what is required to do a suspension swap. But I did the 80,000 mile service on my car the other day (plugs / drive belt / oil change / filters / inspection) and it looks pretty similar to my 986 under there. I recall from my 986 days that swapping out the rear struts required the axles and a few of the rear suspension links to be disconnected.

I don't suspect it'll be a problem, Nick likely has all the required tools. But on my 986 there was a specific type of tapered-fastener removal tool (a.k.a a ball joint splitter) required to get those links off without damaging them.

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I have one, so if you need it let me know.
Excellent, thanks--yes, this seems right based on what I've seen. And I think the suspension is essentially identical to the 986.
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So I haven't watched any videos nor have I dug into what is required to do a suspension swap. But I did the 80,000 mile service on my car the other day (plugs / drive belt / oil change / filters / inspection) and it looks pretty similar to my 986 under there. I recall from my 986 days that swapping out the rear struts required the axles and a few of the rear suspension links to be disconnected.

I don't suspect it'll be a problem, Nick likely has all the required tools. But on my 986 there was a specific type of tapered-fastener removal tool (a.k.a a ball joint splitter) required to get those links off without damaging them.

One of these

I have one, so if you need it let me know.
Pelican says the procedures are the same for 986 and 987.

So axle and (toe?) link need to be disconnected in the rear.
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